Event Overview

For years, virologists predicted that coronaviruses would jump from animals to humans, causing new diseases. Unfortunately, those fears have been realized and SARS-CoV-2 now spreads across the globe. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research on the origins and spread of coronaviruses is taking center stage. In this webinar from The Scientist, coronavirus experts will describe how SARS-CoV-2 came to infect humans. Linda Saif will give a historical overview of SARS spillovers from animals to humans, and Neville Sanjana will describe recent work on a SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variant that increases human infectivity.

Topics to be covered
  • A historical overview of coronavirus spillovers from animals to humans
  • The Spike D614G mutation increases SARS-CoV-2 infection of multiple human cell types
Friday, August 14, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time


Linda J. Saif, PhD
Food Animal Health Research Program and the College of Veterinary Medicine
Virus and Emerging Pathogens Program, Infectious Disease Institute
OARDC/The Ohio State University

Neville Sanjana, PhD
Core Faculty Member, New York Genome Center
Assistant Professor of Biology, New York University
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, NYU School of Medicine


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A Ticking Time Bomb: Tracing the Origin and Spread of SARS-CoV-2

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